Who We Are
The Washington Coaching Group brings a diverse set of experiences across the corporate, government, non-profit, and higher education sectors spanning the globe. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how coaching could benefit you. Contact us with any questions or to learn how to get started.
Ellen Fulton, MS Ed, MCC
“The door to leadership opens inward.”
~ Ellen Fulton
Ellen Fulton’s mission is to elevate the conversations leaders are having in the world, build a more robust perspective, and equip organizations to take actions to maximize their strategic goals. She challenges clients to do their own inner work with the understanding that a leader’s success is directly proportional to their self-awareness. Aligning strengths, clarifying values, and building the embodiment of effective communications are key underlining themes that prevail in coaching leaders to visionary results.
As a Master Certified executive leadership coach, she has extensive experience working with leaders in government, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and universities. Ellen has worked with over 1,000 individuals and teams across all levels of leadership to include C-Suite, SES, VP, mid-level managers, and individual contributors.
As Associate Faculty at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and Managing Principal of the Washington Coaching Group, Ellen Fulton has stepped up to create and lead a number of outstanding educational opportunities in leadership development and coach education. Having served as Co-Director for the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being and Director of the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence, Ellen is thrilled to be serving as the MCC Director of Training for George Mason’s newest professional certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being and launching an additional program for Professional Coaches aiming to become Master Certified Coaches.
Educated as a coach at Georgetown University, and supported by her two degrees in counseling, Ellen received her Master Coaching Certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Her work leads her into a variety of industries, including the federal government, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and universities. One personally fulfilling project she co-created was a coaching program for the participants of an inner city, non-profit organization that provides skilled job preparation and placement services to ex-offenders, welfare recipients, immigrants, and the homeless. In her free time, Ellen is an avid scuba diver with her Master Diver Certification. In the future she would like to combine her passion for diving and coaching to create experiential learning opportunities for leaders to cultivate their awareness through lessons from the deep.
Jennifer Starr, MCC
As a Master Certified Coach, Jennifer coaches motivated individuals, entrepreneurs and executive professionals in achieving inner and outer success through authentic leadership and clarity of purpose. Her passion is to work with those who desire finding deeper meaning and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives, while making an effective impact. She coaches those who are dedicated to evolving their best selves and fostering that in others, and who are already effective at making things happen and achieving results, and yet are acutely aware that there is something more available to them.
An area of particular focus is on clarifying personal vision and mission, executive presence and professional branding. She assists people in bridging the gaps between desired impact and role expectations, the known and the unknown, the visible and the invisible, professional success and the often-elusive personal fulfillment. Jennifer offers a variety of practical and holistic resources and offers a creative and playful approach to her coaching and teaching.
Jennifer was educated as a coach through the Academy for Coach Training (now inviteCHANGE™), and holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is an ATCP Coach Training Instructor at inviteCHANGE™, and a Certified Coach Mentor (CMC). Supplemental accreditation include Tilt 365®, Core Value Index™, SoulCollage®, Expressive Arts®, Voice Dialogue, PSYCH-K® and other modalities that support holistic living and authentic leadership.
Jennifer has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years, successfully building several businesses, brick and mortar as well as virtual, and enjoys helping other entrepreneurs create healthy, prosperous businesses. She weaves creativity, humor and imagination into all aspects of her work with others to open up new pathways to awareness, clarity and alignment, for the purpose of achieving results that really matter.
She owns Radiant Star Enterprises, a service company dedicated to personal and professional development, and clarity of vision, purpose and legacy. Jennifer lives in Bend, Oregon, just east of the Cascade Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, photography and watercolor painting.
Sarah Happel, PCC
Executive Coach and Trainer
Sarah Happel is a top leadership consultant and executive coach who excels in cultivating leadership excellence. Formerly an international athlete, Sarah’s mission is to maximize the team performance and well-being of 100,000 teams by 2025. She works with global organizations driven to improve their communication, productivity, and corporate culture - one powerful conversation at a time.
Whether working directly with clients, or serving as a George Mason Coach Fellow in the prestigious Leadership Coaching Certification in Organizational Well-Being, Sarah helps people achieve the next level of leadership mastery. Clients include the IMF, IFC, The World Bank, Volkswagen, PwC, Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University, Medtronic, American Council on Education, National Science Foundation, Marriott International and numerous government agencies.
With a Master of Science in Mass Communication, Sarah is known for spearheading thought-provoking leadership programs which spark personal and professional transformation. Sarah is accredited by the International Coach Federation (PCC) and by Georgetown University’s acclaimed Leadership Coaching Program. She is a co-creator of the successful SOAR Leadership Program with best-selling author Chalmers Brothers, which has certified over 200 executive coaches and HR professionals from around the world. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki.
Sarah is certified in numerous leadership tools and assessments, helping clients cultivate strengths, build engagement, and alleviate blindspots. These include MBTI, DiSC, The Leadership Circle Profile (LCP), the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Team Coaching, and Appreciative Inquiry. She has also completed George Mason’s Advanced Coaching Program in Organizational Well-Being. After living overseas and working with leaders throughout Europe and South America for 12 years, Sarah leads the Spectrum Leadership Solutions team from the greater Washington, DC area.
Kris Miller, MBA, PCC
Executive Coach and Trainer
Kris is an afiliate of The Washington Coaching Group, a leadership coaching and consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He is also Managing Partner of the Collective Leaders Project, founded in 2016 to bring the science of adult development to the forefront of leadership and culture transformation.
Kris is a seasoned coach with twenty years of prior experience as a global executive. He led business development creating two satellite telecoms sector companies, differentiating both companies in the marketplace using innovative standards. As a coach, he works with individuals, teams, and organizations across business, non-profits, and government sectors.
Kris uses a developmental coaching approach challenging clients to examine the impact of old perceptions and perspectives on personal and organizational performance. They increase self-awareness about beliefs and values that may be limiting their potential. He supports them in changing behaviors and achieving coaching goals. The client case study of Stewart, an executive in an investment company who felt stuck in his career unable to make the jump to senior management, illustrates this approach.
Examples of when developmental coaching can be helpful include:
1) emerging perspectives are conflicting with older ones; 2) new demands are requiring different responses than what worked in the past; and 3) new perspectives being called for are not making sense. Common scenarios include job promotions and, more broadly, the growing challenges of the 21st Century workplace.
MBA (BS in Finance) from George Washington University
Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
Faculty, Georgetown University’s Leadership Coach Training Program
Certified Growth Edge Coach, and Presence-Based® Coach
Korn/Ferry International, Executive Coaching
Certifications including Leadership Circle®, K/F Lominger®, et al.
Kris is a life-long learner and loves pushing the edges of the latest research and best practices supporting clients in transformational development.